It is coming up on 10 years since I left my job at the bank. I was 28 and had been there over 5 years. I still question whether it was the right decision. I had enjoyed my time at the bank, had lots of friends there and for the most part I was pretty happy. The one little problem was that I couldn't find my niche.
Here's a little look inside my head. I am a numbers guy. I don't like being a numbers guy. Do you see a problem there? I am an introvert. Most people think introverts are shy or even rude. We are not. You see, when in a group of extroverts that are conversing, introverts aren't afraid to speak, we are just too busy analyzing what everyone else is saying. Another issue that I have is that when someone ask me a question, rather than just answer it, my first thought is "Why are they asking me this?" I will try to explain it like this: while most people have 1 hamster wheel in their head, I have 15 vermin running endlessly. I am good at numbers but my brain wants to be doing other things.
While at the bank, I was very good at what I did but I was bored. Monotony is my arch-nemesis. My brain craves to be creative. Another issue was at 28, I felt I hadn't taken my shot. Looking back, I had turned down a great opportunity with the bank because I really didn't know what I wanted to do. I did know that I didn't want to be doing numbers all the time and that was exactly what I was doing.
When the insurance company came calling, I turned them down the first time. Six months later, they approached me again and lured me away with the promise of big money and a chance to do something different. Since that time, I have bounced from job to to job, looking for my fit. I have gained a lot of knowledge over those ten years and these jobs have taken to places I had never been: New Haven, Sanibel Island, Sedona, Las Vegas and Chicago, just to name a few. Knowledge and sight seeing are great but not fulfilling.
I recently started with a new company. The odd thing is that it reminds me a lot the bank. It has that friendly family feel to it. Also, it will be 1/3 numbers, 1/3 sales, and 1/3 leadership. A very good mix for my 15 hamsters wheels. So, now I feel I have come full circle. It has taken 10 years. Did I make the right decision 10 years ago? The answer is "I don't know."
I can say that with my family and my faith in balance, it is a great feeling that my career has finally joined them, as well.